I strongly recommend watching the short video above. It has inspired and challenged me in so many ways, but specifically, it inspired this post.
I think that, often times, we can have an inaccurate assumption of how God views us. We can think, sometimes, that God views us in a way that He really does not. I have found that if you have an inaccurate perception of how God views you, then, it will affect every area of your life. So, it’s a pretty big deal that we understand how God actually looks at us.
If you are a Believer, it is natural for you to feel the tension between the sin nature inside of you and the Holy Spirit inside of you. If you are a Christian, you will struggle. Read Romans 7 and you will see the apostle Paul at war with himself. He does not want to do what is wrong, but the sin nature inside him causes him to do it. So, Paul struggled with his sin, just like every other Believer. However, as we fail to measure up, many of us can slip into a mindset that God is disappointed and frustrated with us. We start to think that God is watching us slip up, watching us fall, watching us struggle, and that He is regretting saving us; that He is sitting on His throne saying, “Can they just get it right for once?”. Maybe some of us think that God is simply tolerating us. In response to our idea that God is disgusted with us, we try to work hard to measure up. We get the idea that God will love us as long as our performance is worth loving. So, when we fail to do what is right, we assume God does not love us as much.
However, all this is just our inaccurate idea of how God views us, and I believe that the reason we think God views us this way is because we do not understand the depths of His grace. We think that God is simply tolerating us, because we do not see the vastness of His love for us. In our struggle, we can believe that our sin is bigger than God’s forgiveness. However, God says His “grace is sufficient for you” (2 Corinthians 12:9). Psalm 33:5 says that “the earth is full of His unfailing love”, meaning that there is no shortage of God’s love. He has enough mercy and grace for the entire world. In the video above, Matt Chandler describes God’s forgiveness as too much, over the top, out of control. There is no sin that is too big for a love like this. So, this kind of love means that we do not disgust God. This forgiveness is so vast that sinful people can approach God without disgusting Him.
Therefore, in our struggle, God still does not regret saving us. Even on our bad days, God extends forgiveness to us and He loves us just the same as on our best days. Do you realize that before God sent Jesus to die on the cross, He knew that you were not going to measure up? He knew that there would be times that you would fail, and He sent His Son to die for you ANYWAY. So, your sin does not surprise God. No sin you commit could ever surprise God. He loves us, in spite of the fact that we stumble and fall. God does not only tolerate us when we stumble, He loves us so much that He picks us back up again. Matt Chandler said that “you have no sin, past, present, or future that has more power than the cross of Jesus Christ”. So, when we are in a difficult season, we have to remember that our sin is not bigger than God’s forgiveness. Even when you sin, God’s forgiveness is so vast, that He does not regret sending His son to die for you.
How glorious does this make our God? The depths of His love and forgiveness are endless. This is a radical love that demands our radical response. Because God loves us, we should strive to obey Him and bring Him glory in all that we do. Let me make sure I am clear here, we do not do good things to earn God’s love, rather, we do good things because we have God’s love. I pray that the depths of God’s grace inspire you to “conduct yourself in a manor worthy of the gospel of Christ” (Philippians 1:27).
If you have any questions, comments, or topics you would like me to write about, shoot me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org or feel free to leave a comment below. Thanks for reading and I hope you enjoyed the video above as much as I did. God bless.